The confetti was still floating in the Staples Center by the time Daniel Bryan's WWE Championship reign was over.
Bryan ended SummerSlam on his back, minus the WWE Championship, betrayed and defeated. So what's next for The World's Toughest Vegan? How does WWE capitalize on his popularity and talent going forward?
Expect Bryan to channel his inner Rocky and get off the canvas stronger than ever.
Looking ahead to Night of Champions and beyond, here are projections for the rest of Bryan's 2013. A showdown with a snake, another shot at the top and a series of intriguing feuds await the short-lived WWE champ.